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Christmas Novena

Christmas Novena St. Andrew Christmas Novena Prayer to Obtain Favors By Renee Bodkin   It is piously believed that whoever recites this prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (November 30th) until Christmas will obtain what is asked. Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of…

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Time Alone

Time Alone By Renee Bodkin   It doesn’t happen often.  I’m a busy, busy person.  And I’m okay with that.  But you don’t really realize how much you need a little alone time until you have it.     Sebastian has his test prep class at Canisius this morning and I volunteered to take him.  This…

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Grateful for Chaos

Grateful for Chaos   By Renee Bodkin   As I sit down and reflect on my day, one word comes to mind.  Chaos.  Then I smile because it’s almost funny the chaos in one day.  It’s unimaginable sometimes.  And what is even funnier is that I am grateful for the chaos.    Merriam-Webster defines CHAOS…

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Realizations

 Realizations   By Renee Bodkin   Realization #1 – I got a new phone this summer and I never saved all of my photos from my other phone.  That needs to get put on the “To Do List” as an “ASAP” thing.  Since I have a LOT of photos on that phone.  A LOT I…

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Trees, Leaves, and Change of Season

Trees, Leaves, and Change of Season   By Renee Bodkin   Trees and Leaves.   As I was leaf blowing and raking and leaf blowing and raking some more… it was difficult to feel gratitude.  We have SO. MANY. LEAVES.  The cleanup process of these leaves is not one we look forward to each fall. …

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The Word of God Through Song

The Word of God Through Song By Renee Bodkin   Humbled.  Blessed.  Grateful.    Those are just a few things I’m feeling right now.  This evening I had the great opportunity of attending a concert.  Not just any concert though — it was called the En-kata Maasai Choir.  I was going to get into the back…

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Reflecting On and Defining Gratitude

Reflecting On and Defining Gratitude By Renee Bodkin   Reflecting on gratitude.  Gratitude is a shift of focus from all that is missing in one’s life to the focus on the abundance that can be found each and every day (sometimes you have to look deep within but I swear, it’s there).  Focusing on gratitude reduces…